Do you realize that the Mid-Ohio Valley, including West Virginia, is sitting on one of the largest oil and gas plays in the world? The opportunities on the horizon for the children of WV are truly exciting. Our area has some of the best resources, best waterways, good highways, great people, tremendous international export opportunities, and easy access to half of the population of the US.
Morgantown, West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Jeffery Robinette has been selected from 2014-2017 as a Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff.
Fourth Major Pipeline Incident or Explosion this Month
A gas pipeline in Brooke County exploded on Monday, January 26, 2015, rocketing up a fireball hundreds of feet in the air, melting the siding off a house, and damaging an electric line. The gas emitted from the pipeline burned for hours.
Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility Project Approved
Dominion Energy approved the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order for the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. This order includes 79 safety and environmental regulations, and on September 30, 2014 Dominion Energy accepted all the commission's safety provisions.
I-77 Gas Pipeline Blast Blamed on Corrosion and Lack of Inspections
According to a report released on March 10, 2014 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the major gas line explosion on I-77 near Charleston, WV probably could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, and the fire's severity and duration could have been reduced if automatic shut off valves had been installed.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a study which outlines concerns for the safety and health of those employed by oil and gas drilling companies who may be at risk for silicosis. Silicosis is a form of respiratory (lung) disease that results from inhaling silica dust. The microscopic fibers build up in the lung tissue, causing severe inflammation and scarring, thereby reducing the lungs' capacity to take in oxygen. Like similar toxic exposure diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, silicosis often takes many years to develop into fatal respiratory symptoms. Chronic silicosis initially causes no symptoms, but symptoms may surface as long as fifteen to twenty years after silica dust exposure.
When a spark hits natural gas, the effect is instantaneous. The explosion is deafening, and the result to nearby workers is catastrophic. A gas fire can be extremely difficult to put out as gas from the well continues to feed the fire, and in the meantime, any nearby workers are at risk of serious injuries such as hearing loss, broken bones and fractures, lung damage, and first, second, and third degree burns and loss of life.
Natural gas can be a relatively inexpensive and efficient heating fuel, but the dangers of explosion, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning which can result in permanent injury or death are safety hazards which must be, and can be, prevented by homeowners and landlords.
In October of 2013, a tragic situation occurred in Follansbee, WV, a small town south of Weirton in Brooke County. An explosion likely caused by a natural gas leak that obliterated a rural West Virginia house and killed a 13-year-old girl was so powerful it shook the entire neighborhood, blew out the windows of a nearby fire station, sent plywood siding rocketing nearly 50 feet into the air and shot boards through other houses. Three other houses were damaged - one knocked off its foundation.